Curious Motion

Spring Classes & Workshops from Curious Motion

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I hope you enjoyed the bank holiday weekend. If you’re looking for something to help get back into the swing of things, we’ve got lots of options! Our classes and workshops start back this week – hope to see you there!

Sam x


Music & movement

Join us for some relaxing movement activities with Sam whilst Matt accompanies on the guitar! For adults of all ages (and children where this enables adults to attend), followed by time for a brew and a butty!


Starting : Friday 22nd April
12pm – 1.30pm
Southgate Church, Elland. HX5 0JL




Collecting Happiness!

This month’s session is a collection of creativity! Join us to get dancing, writing & drawing on the theme of happiness. Suitable for all ages.


Starting : Saturday 23rd April
1pm – 3pm
Southgate Church, Elland. HX5 0JL




Now open to all adults!

We’re very excited to bring this class back and it’s now open to all adults! Enjoy a variety of fun sequences and time to stretch and relax. There’s a brew afterwards too (of course!).

Starting : Thursdays, from 5th May
6pm – 7.30pm
The Space @ Field Lane, Rastrick, HD6 3JT




Dance for people over 55

The next block of our popular dance and social programme for people over 55 starts next week! Explore and learn a series of dances over the 6 weeks, and have a lot of fun along the way!

Tuesdays, 26th April – 31st May
10am – 11.30am
Southgate Church, Elland. HX5 0JL



All sessions are ‘Pay as You Feel’ – choose a donation amount or come for free, no questions asked.
Drop-in places are available but please book in advance if you can!
Any questions – drop us a note on

Hope to see you in a session soon!
Sam and the team at Curious Motion x

TimeOut : Plans for Easter Hols = Sorted! 🐥

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Easter Holiday Activities Bookings Open!

The wait is over, we are ecstatic to announce… drum roll please… 🥁


Free activities for kids across Calderdale to enjoy next week, including…🎨 Healthy Holidays activities from Monday to Thursday at The Artworks📖 Time Out Creative Fun Day – Creative Writing Word Hunt & Let’s Create art workshop at The Imaginarium, Halifax Central Library.🥊 Boxing workshop with Northern Powerhouse Boxing Academy, OL14 6EG💃 Dance Workshop with Curious Motion at Calderdale Young People’s Service Orange Box🎲 Fun and Games session with Nicki at Calderdale Young People’s Service Orange Box🐣 Easter Eggstravaganza day at The Outback Community Garden and KitchenAnd last but not least…🍄 Our fungi art exhibition of the Underlands project as part of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival exhibition ‘Land Marks’ at Gibson Mill, NT Hardcastle Crags (free entry, no need to book)Click on the individual events in our online calendar to book: are limited so please book soon to avoid disappointment… ⏰

Check out the timetable below!

Or click on the posters below to book a specific activity!



Any questions? Get in touch with us at:📧 📞 01422 345154📱 FacebookInstagram and Twitter

Curious Minds Free movement and crafts event Tuesday 22 and Friday 25 February

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Looking for something fun to do with the little ones this half term?

Why not join us for a fun session of movement and crafts?



Lower Valley Sure Start Children’s Centres and Curious Motion bring Curious Minds, a free session for babies and children up to 5 years of age.

To book on either session, please ring Welholme Park on 01484 714768


  • Tuesday 22nd February: The Space @ Field Lane from 1pm – 2.30pm
    Address: Burnsall Rd, Brighouse HD6 3JT


  • Friday 25th February: Savage Hall, Elland from 10am – 11.30am
    Address: The Savage Centre, Eastgate, Huddersfield Road, Elland HX5 9DQ

Delightful Dance fun at the Orange Box February 25th

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Time Out Calderdale and Curious Motion come to the Orange Box in Halifax to introduce you to dance through fun sequences and activities with time to create your own ideas and find out how you like to move.

This workshop is aimed at young people and it is designed to be accessible to all capabilities.

Booking is essential. To book your place, email

Download Delightful Dance pdf


Venue: Orange Box young people’s centre, 1 Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1AF

Curious Motion New Offers for a New Year!

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I hope getting back into the swing of things after the festive period has gone smoothly for you.

I wanted to let you know about two new offers we have coming up at the end of January – if you fancy getting creative in 2022 or need something to lift your spirits then these are for you!

Read on for more info…

Sam x


Rhythm & Brews returns 28th Jan

We’re delighted to be running more of these sessions! A mixture of live music, dance, and relaxation – the perfect pick-me-up for your body and mind!

Aimed at adults of all ages but children are very welcome to join us too.
Find out more here.

Fridays, 12pm – 1.30pm
28th Jan, 11th & 25th Feb, 11th & 25th March
Upstairs Hall, Southgate Church, Elland. HX5 0JL

(The venue is fully accessible from the Langdale Street entrance)

Places are now available on a ‘Pay as You Feel’ basis to help us cover costs – you can choose various amounts to donate if you’d like to and free places are always available (no questions asked).


Monthly arts workshops start 29th Jan

Creative activities for all the family – join us to draw, make, write, and explore your creativity in these relaxed sessions.

Workshops will be held on Saturday afternoons, once a month, from January to June 2022 as part of our Elland’s Happiness Lab project. There’ll be a different creative activity on offer each time.

We’re kicking off with LANTERN MAKING with HANDMADE PARADE:


Make a lantern inspired by our ‘happiness’ theme and to be displayed in local shop windows for Handmade Parade’s Windows on the World project!
Suitable for all ages (children accompanied by an adult please).

Saturday 29th January: 1pm – 3pm
Southgate Church, Elland. HX5 0JL
Pay as You Feel 
(free places always available)


To keep everyone safe in the pandemic we are limiting numbers and asking everyone to book in advance – so do make sure to secure your spot!

Hope to see you at one or both sessions

Much love, Sam x

Winter Solstice Wishes from Curious Motion

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✨Winter Solstice Wishes✨

Today marks the winter solstice, where the hours of darkness are at their peak. It can be a challenging time for our bodies, minds and souls.This time of year is also the dawn of new beginnings. Slowly but surely the light will prevail, the days becoming longer and the anticipation of lighter and warmer times leading the way. It’s a time of hope, reflection and restoration.Remember that this period is all about doing what is best for you and your mental health, and that can look completely different for each person. I’ve included some ideas around this below, plus there’s info on activities to look forward to in the new year.For now though, on this dawn of light and new beginnings, I hope you can spend this time in the way you most want to. Wishing you a restorative and nourishing festive period and much love for 2022. Sam x


Huge thanks to you all for being part of our community this year. Curious Motion is now two years old, and with most of our existence being in a pandemic it’s been quite a ride! We’re so grateful to you all for continuing to be by our side and what a joy it has been to move, dance, and create together! Some wonderful memories have been made and exciting plans for 2022 are in motion. Here’s a summary of what’s to come in January – keep an eye on your inbox for more info to follow:

Rhythm & Brews

Through October and November, people of all ages from across Elland’s community joined us to explore what it means to move, sing, dance, and play together. It was joyous to say the least!Here’s how the participants told us they felt after the sessions:

“Happy, no worries!”   “A new woman”   “Loved”   “I feel cheered up”

Sessions return on 28th January and will run bi-weekly through February and March 2022. Keep an eye on your inbox for more information!

Monthly ‘Happiness Lab’ workshops
Explore what happiness means to you through a different creative activity each month. We’re kicking off with lantern making with Handmade Parade in January! Booking info coming soon.Find out more here.


Brews & Grooves

Our popular over 55s dance programme returns onTuesday 4th January in Elland.Click here to book 
For key workers in Calderdale via Calderdale Cares 4 Us.New for January: online and in-person sessions! Keep an eye on the CC4Us website for booking to open.

Sam recommends…

Some winter solstice resources for comfort and restoration: Christmas Coping Tips from Mind – some great tips to navigate this time from the mental health charity Mind.The Comfort Book by Matt Haig – a beautiful book created to provide hope in a stressful world. The Calm App – lots of wonderful meditations, sleep stories, and music.


Sending love and lightSam and the team at Curious Motion x


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Autumn Happiness from Curious Motion

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Wow, what an Autumn we’ve had so far at Curious Motion!

Classes are back in motion in Elland, including new offerings and new people! It’s been a joy to meet everyone and re-connect in-person with those of you who have been with us for a while. Recent weeks have also been very exciting, including an award nomination!

How is your Autumn feeling? Read on for ways to stay connected and keep moving through the colder months.

Much love

Sam x

November & December classes – booking open!

Our classes are back in full swing (literally!) and we have new blocks starting very soon – places are limited so book quickly!

MONDAYSMovement for Wellbeing On Zoom, 6.30pm – 7.30pm15th November until 13th December Pay as you feelA relaxed and informal session exploring a series of seated and standing exercises, focusing on overall wellbeing, stability, and relaxation. For adults of all ages.



TUESDAYSBrews & GroovesSouthgate Church, Elland. HX5 0JL10am – 11.30am16th November until 14th DecemberPay as you feelA fun and informal dance session for people over 55, followed by time to chat over a brew!




THURSDAYS:Dance for WellbeingReturns this week!The Space @ Field Lane, Rastrick. HD6 3JT6pm – 7.30pm11th – 18th Nov | 2nd – 16th DecFREE for public & voluntary sector workers. Part of the Calderdale Cares 4 Us project.



FRIDAYS:Rhythm & BrewsSouthgate Church, Elland, HX5 0JL12pm – 1.30pm12th until 26th NovemberFREEJust three weeks left of our popular music and movement session! This is an accessible session for adults of all ages – come and join us!



“I highly recommend it to everyone who might want to try something new – it was just what I needed in a difficult time. You will be warmly welcomed, gently encouraged and you will leave each session feeling so much lighter!Don’t worry about your ability level, everyone is catered for.”

– Dance for Wellbeing participant

We’re a finalist!

We are over the moon to have made the finals in the Arts & Culture category of the Calderdale Community Spirit Awards! A huge thank you to everyone who nominated us and congratulations to all the finalists, we’re honoured to be on the list! We’ll find out if we’ve won on the 25th November – keep everything crossed!

Measuring happiness through creativity

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our fantastic new project:Elland’s Happiness Lab – the first measure of happiness in a small town in the UK through the arts! Running from now until summer 2022, Elland’s Happiness Lab will explore what happiness means to the people of Elland and the lower valley in Calderdale, through a programme of accessible creative activity.  There’ll be drawing, writing, dancing, singing and more! Plus, stories and experiences from the project will be documented in a very special series of films. Keep an eye out for more information to hit your inbox soon! Huge thanks to Fiona Woodhead of Fi & Becs for our lovely Happiness Lab logo and to The National Lottery Community Fund for supporting this project.

Sam recommends…

To celebrate the start of Elland’s Happiness Lab, I thought I’d share some of my own favourite happiness resources:Action for Happiness – a wealth of ideas and support to take action on happiness for yourself and the world around you. Their theme this month is ‘New Ways November’ – trying something new is great for happiness!World Happiness Report – one for those of you who like your statistics and research! The World Happiness Report is a publication by the United Nations, written by independent experts and containing articles and rankings of national happiness around the world.The Happiness Frequency – did you know that music tuned to specific frequencies can help manage anxiety, pain, sleep and more? Here’s a favourite playlist.

Hope to see you soon!Sam and the team at Curious Motion x

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Free dance & movement workshop with Curious Motion October 27

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Wednesday 27 October | 10am – 12pm

Orangebox Youth Centre, 1 Blackledge, Halifax HX1 1AF

We have a fun and accessible dance and movement workshop for young people coming up in half term! An introduction to dance through fun sequences and activities, followed by time to create your own ideas and find out how you like to move!

The first half of the session will involve exploring some phrases and sequences inspired by contemporary dance, focusing on feeling energised and building confidence. Then, participants will explore a range of fun creative tasks to create their own ideas, finishing with combining their ideas together for a celebration of their achievements through a short group choreography.

To book either email: or call: 07740 366365
Check out the timetable below, find booking information for individual sessions in the event descriptions on our website here.

Check out the rest of our jam-packed timetable of events below, and find booking information for individual events on our website!📧
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Rhythm and Brews starts tomorrow!

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One day to go…

Rhythm & Brews starts tomorrow!


We’re kicking off Rhythm & Brews with an uplifting and joyous African music and movement class!

Taught by the brilliant Sandile Duma (more about him below), this free session will be a combination of Zulu dance movements, which includes kicking of the legs, stomping and shaking, Zulu song chants and Drumming circle with djembe drums, and a meet and greet in Zulu Language.

Plus, enjoy some time to chat and relax over a brew afterwards.

Friday 1st October
12pm – 12.45pm: music and movement workshop
12.45pm – 1.30pm: time for a brew

Southgate Church, Langdale Street, Elland. HX5 0JL


There’s lots more in store through October and November too.
See the full schedule here.


Meet the musician – Sandile Duma

Hailing from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and now based in England, Sandile is a befittingly respected vocalist, dancer and drummer who specialises in traditional African music and choreography.



He’s performed for both the royal family and Nelson Mandela, so we’re honoured to have him join us at Curious Motion!


Please book in advance – spaces are limited.



Hope to see you there!


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Rhythm and Brews new class from Curious motion

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Looking for some joy and relaxation?
Join our new class!

Introducing… Rhythm & Brews

Join us for this fun and informal session to explore a range of music and movement styles – from the uplifting rhythms of traditional African Zulu music and dance to the relaxing notes of the piano as we stretch.

The perfect ‘pick-me-up’ for your body and mind!

Each session involves 45 minutes of movement and live music (bliss!), followed by time to chat over a brew. Open to adults of all ages and no experience necessary. And… it’s FREE!

1st – 22nd October & 5th – 26th November
12pm – 12.45pm: music and movement workshop
12.45pm – 1.30pm: time for a brew

Southgate Church, Langdale Street, Elland. HX5 0JL


A variety of music and movement styles are on offer, including:

Traditional African music and dance – release the tensions of the week in this uplifting and inspirational session exploring traditional drumming and movement from South Africa!

Relax, stretch & breathe – a calm and gentle series of stretches and movements accompanied by live piano. You’ll float out of the room after this one!

More to be announced shortly.

Come to all sessions, or just some, but please book in advance – spaces are limited.



Hope to see you there!


Rhythm and Brews brought to you in association with: